GFI Scoops up MDM Technology From VizualMobile
VizualMobile's mobile-device-management (MDM) technology is acquired by GFI software to boost its profile in the SMB space.Networking and security software solutions specialist GFI Software announced that it acquired a cloud-based multi-platform mobile-device-management solution from U.K.-based mobile device security services firm VizualMobile. GFI Software plans to pitch the MDM solution to small and midsize businesses (SMBs) interested in boosting security for their bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives. GFI said the technology, which currently supports Google Android, Apple iOS and Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices, would continue to be developed by the company. GFI also plans to integrate the technology into two of its major product platforms, GFI MAX RemoteManagement, a platform designed for managed-service providers (MSPs), and GFI Cloud, a Web-based platform for small-business IT administrators. The new technology should wind its way into MAX later this year and in GFI's cloud platform in 2013, according to a company release.
"We are constantly on the lookout for new technologies that will help us solve our customers' problems and enhance our products. Cloud-based mobile-device management is an important market that we believe is, as yet, relatively underserved in the SMB space, and most of the solutions that do exist are not designed with MSPs in mind," Alistair Forbes, general manager of the GFI MAX business unit at GFI Software, said in a prepared statement. "The acquisition of this technology will strengthen our products and allow us to address the rapidly growing demand for mobile management capabilities by SMBs."